Month: August 2016

What Are The Most Common Causes For a Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)?

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are among the most damaging injuries a human being can incur, and it’s easy to see why: the spinal cord is an information superhighway. Your body’s central nervous system is intertwined with your spinal cord, and that system is pretty darn important. It’s connected at the base of the brain, and it helps your mind control…

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Does Pants Up Easy Require A Lot Of Arm Strength?

As you know if you’ve spent any time on our blog, we try to give as much information as we can to support people in wheelchairs, and the people who support them. Of course, a lot of this has to do with the Pants Up Easy product itself. In case you haven’t read the story of how the product came…

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Living By Yourself As A Wheelchair User

It’s unquestionably a huge change, adjusting to becoming a wheelchair user. Fortunately you can expect a lot of support from healthcare professionals, including doctors of various types, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. For many people, a caregiver in the immediately family or the home may be available to assist you with day to day activities as well. Not everyone…

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Should You Install A Wheelchair Ramp To Your Front Door?

Learning that you’ll be living with paralysis is a shock. There’s no question that your day to day life will never be quite the same again, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Fortunately, there is a lot that can be done to help you adjust to your new situation. Your occupational therapist will work with you to…

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Choosing Your First Wheelchair For Long-Term Use

Until you were actually in need of one, you probably didn’t give a minute’s thought to choosing a wheelchair. For most people that don’t have to use a wheelchair, they tend to all seem the same, though most of us know that there are some that are electric, and others that are manually powered. Even for folks that have had…

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Three Wheelchair Transfer Techniques That Will Help Keep You Safer

When you’re disabled, you have to prioritize safety at all times. Because even though you’re still capable of a lot, you’re unfortunately not capable of everything. So if you take a tumble out of your wheelchair while alone, you could have a lot of trouble getting back up. Do you know how often emergency services are requested for lift assists?…

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What Kind of Training Do Caregivers and Occupational Therapists Go Through?

We throw the word hero around a little cavalierly these days, using it to describe sports figures and politicians – who probably don’t really deserve it. Is it heroic to win a Super Bowl or an election? Questionable.

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Can a Paraplegic Get a Driver’s License?

Before we begin, it’s important that we clear up some terminology: namely, the difference between paraplegic and quadriplegic. We have a whole blog article on this, but the easiest way to remember is via the prefix. Para- refers to “two” of something, while quad- refers to “four” of something. When you’re paraplegic, you have two limbs (your legs) that are…

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Five Steps to Using a Public Bathroom As a Paraplegic

Living in the Bay Area, sometimes it’s hard to find any public restroom at all – who hasn’t bought some overpriced gum in order to use a store bathroom before? But if you’re a paraplegic, finding the restroom is only half the battle; what if there is no disabled stall? What if it’s too small? What if the floors are…

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Using a Transfer Board If You Have a Spinal Cord Injury

We use the term “transfer board,” but it’s far from set in stone what that term means. Your standard transfer board looks like an oversized wooden clipboard, often with some built-in handles (like this). But in truth, many things could work as a transfer board. All that’s required is a strong flat service that can hold up your rear end.

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